Volkswagen unit Audi sold around 120,200 cars worldwide in September - 17.1% more than during the same month last year.

Sales in Europe grew 9% to around 67,200 cars, driven primarily by high growth in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia. Audi experienced especially sharp growth in sales in the United States, up 19.3%, and in China: in its largest sales market, the Ingolstadt-based company once again significantly accelerated its growth and, with sales of around 29,500 cars, exceeded sales for September of last year by 33.2%.

"The third quarter has been an especially successful one for Audi in China. We were able to significantly extend our premium segment lead thanks in part to our expanded production capacities," said sales and marketing chief Peter Schwarzenbauer. "During the first week of October we had already equaled our sales record for all of 2010 in China. We want to pass the 300,000 mark for the first time in 2011."

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